Indian Railways To Study Feasibility Of Elevated Tracks On Golden Quadrilateral

Indian Railways To Study Feasibility Of Elevated Tracks On Golden Quadrilateral

In what could be termed as one of the most ambitious plans of the Indian Railways, the transporter is set to commission a feasibility and cost study for elevated railway tracks across the 10,000 km length of the Golden Quadrilateral connecting the four metros. This 200-km per hour route study will be in addition to the already ongoing study for on-ground high-speed tracks of same speed between the metro cities. The instruction for the study has been given by railway minister Piyush Goyal. “Since the railways is already surveying feasibility of high-speed on-ground corridors, the idea is to also assess the feasibility and cost of elevated corridors,” said a railway ministry official. To start with, railway arm RITES has been asked to do a preliminary analysis with available data and not an actual on-ground study. “We had asked RITES to do a preliminary assessment and it said it (elevated corridors) can be done at places where the railways has land along the tracks. However, it will not be possible in, say, yards,” the official said, adding that RITES estimates the cost to be around Rs 80 crore per km, excluding land and rolling stock expenses. The cost of Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed elevated corridor (with a speed of more than 250 km per and also known as bullet train) is around Rs 200 crore per km including rolling stock, land, interest cost, among others. Read More…

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